Journal: An-yong-ee-ca-say-yo! Go in Peace

An-yong-ee-ca-say-yo! Go in Peace

Traveling to South Korea has been a dream of mine for a long time and now I am finally here. For a while, I thought I wasn’t going to make it, but I did it! I want to tell you to never give up your dreams, even when they seem impossible!

Traveling to South Korea has been a dream of mine for a long time and now I am finally here. Even though I have been here for three months, I still have moment where I stop and think, “I’m actually in Korea!” There were many moments before I arrived that I thought I would never make it here, mainly because of money. I worked and saved almost all of my money in order to pay for my plane ticket. I applied for the Gilman Scholarship assuming that I would never get it, and then much to my surprise and excitement, I was one of the recipients! It goes to show that you should never doubt yourself.

Now I am here sharing my adventure with you all! It has been a lot of fun telling you about my experiences in South Korea. I have learned so much more about Korea blogging for you guys than I would have on my own! I hope you have learned a lot as well, and that you have enjoyed reading my posts as much as I enjoyed experiencing them!

Part of my motivation to write for Reach the World has to do with the fact that I want to be a foreign correspondent once I finish college. Foreign correspondents get to report the news from countries all over the world! I am very interested in the stories that other people and other countries have to tell about themselves. If I were to be a foreign correspondent I would get to listen to these stories and tell them to the people back in the United States, kind of like what I am doing right now!

For a long time I was unsure about what I wanted be when I grew up. It changed a lot at different times of my life. I wanted to be an astronaut, and then a paleontologist. I even aspired to be an Olympic figure skater at one point! I have wanted to be a fashion designer and an artist as well! Do you guys know what you want to be when you grow up? I can tell you I sure didn’t when I was your age!

I was not even sure foreign correspondence was something I wanted to do until last year when I heard a man named Jeffrey Gettleman speak at my school. Gettleman is The New York Times, East Africa Bureau Chief. He writes stories about many countries in Africa. While they can often be sad stories, like stories about refugees and elephant poaching, they can also bring hope. Gettleman has an interesting philosophy. Even as a journalist, he feels that it is his moral duty to tell people back in the United States about the injustices going on in the countries he reports from. His articles have encouraged people back in the U.S. to get involved in these issues, to set up organizations to help people. This is something I have wanted to do for a large part of my life. I want to tell the stories of people who do not necessarily have the means to tell their own stories. In this way I hope to help make countries like the U.S. aware of the issues facing fellow humans around the globe and encourage people to help.

Talking with you guys over Skype has been amazing! I see how thoughtful you all are. You ask really good questions! Work to be the people that you see yourselves being. This can be difficult at times, especially in middle school and high school when your peers might tell you that the person you want to be isn’t “cool” or “fun”. Learn about new ideas and spend time thinking about things. From talking with you guys, I’m sure this is something that you so already! Most importantly, if you have a dream, work towards it. Do not doubt your own ability to achieve it. For a long time I almost gave up on my dream of coming to Korea because I thought it could never happen, but here I am!

This week is the last week that I get to share my journey with you. I hope you have enjoyed the adventure as much as I have. I am so glad I got to share it with you! It has been interesting living in another country and I have learned so much from everyone. Even children your age have had a lot to teach me! I want to thank you all for traveling with me and I wish you all the best!

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